McDonald’s appoints new global CMO and comms chief to build ‘more modern’ fast food company
McDonald’s has appointed Silvia Lagnado as executive vice-president, global chief marketing officer and Robert Gibbs as executive vice-president, global chief communications officer.
Both will report to the group’s British chief executive, Steve Easterbrook and are a clear indication of how important marketing is to his vision to "reset" the group.
Easterbrook said Lagnado and Gibbs would help the troubled group "build a more modern, progressive burger company".
The appointments follow his comments made during a webcast last month that McDonald's needed become more digitally engaged with customers and prospective customers and must embrace more sophisticated ways of viewing consumers.
Gibbs joins McDonald’s from consultancy The Incite Agency, which he co-founded in 2013, while Lagnado was most recently CMO of Bacardi.
Health groups lead call for tobacco levy to fund ad campaigns and stop-smoking clinics
Health campaigners are lobbying for a levy on tobacco companies to help fund anti-smoking and quitting ad campaigns and measures.
Around 120 health groups led by Action on Smoking and Health have come together to argue that an annual levy could pay for more stop-smoking clinics and media campaigns.
While ministers said that they would consider such a measure, the industry accused campaigners of a "dogmatic, un-evidenced" attack, according to the BBC. Currently, over three-quarters of a cost of packet of cigarettes is tax.
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